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Celtic Warrior Costume (entirely handmade) 


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Celtic Warrior Costume (entirely 


Written By: KBthreads 


• "Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewelry" by 
Suzen Millodot (1) 

• Leather punch (1) 


macrame cord (2-3 spools) 

available at most craft stores, including 


Leather for straps and side/back panels 



I had been wanting to make this costume for a while because according to our family history, 
some of our ancestors may have been Celts. 

The top was the most complicated and time-consuming piece, but the fundamentals of 
putting it together are relatively simple. 

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The top is made out of thick woven cord. The pattern for the weaving is explained the book 
Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewelry by Suzen Millodot. It's called a figure-of-eight chain, and 
the book was a must for me to do it right. 

Weave four vertical rows together that stretch across the bust using the figure-of-eight 
chain pattern. It is easiest to construct the woven part on a cork board and use 
thumbtacks to hold the weaving in place. 

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I used two layers of suede for the side/back panels and thicker leather for the shoulder 
straps. I made my own pattern pieces for the different components, and tied/sewed them 
all together with the same cord used for the weaving. 

To attach the side panels to the woven front panel, punch a series of holes down the end of 
the suede side panel and thread the two sections together with the macrame cord. 

The suede I used for the back/side 
panels was fairly thin and stretchy. 
I wanted the lacing in the back to 
keep its shape. If this is the 
material you are using, glue two 
strips of cardboard in between the 
suede layers to give it stability. 

Again, punch holes through the 
leather and cardboard layers to 
create a lace-up closure in the 

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• Punch two holes at each tip of the 
shoulder straps to thread cord 

• Attach the shoulder straps to the 
front woven panel by finding holes 
in the weave, pushing the cord 
through, and making a square knot 
to secure it. 

• At the back mark where you want 
the shoulder straps to hit, and 
punch two holes in the back panel 
to thread the cord through. Use a 
square knot to secure it as you did 
in the front. 

Step 6 

Now add a leather skirt and/or leggings, some moccasins, and some war paint and you're 
ready to kick some butt! Or, you can scare a harried housewife, like I did :) 

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